Obiter Dicta

Speaking Of Scandals

Posted: October 3, 2012

Meanwhile, closer to home, Univision, the Spanish-speaking TV channel, is fast and furiously chasing down the entrails of, well, the infamous Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. The revelations hardly paint the White House in a flattering light. A Univision report on Sunday night blew gaping holes in the recently released, and roundly criticized, study of Fast and  Furious tendered by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Among the revelations? New evidence of government-supported arms smuggling linking weapons used at a grisly Jan. 30, 2010, mass murder in Ciudad Juarez. As the channel reported in its hour-long special, a Mexican army document obtained by Univision states that three of the high-caliber weapons fired by drug-cartel hit men in an attack that killed 14 kids at a birthday party can be traced to a gun-walking operation run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Univision report said the three firearms are among 57 weapons recovered by Mexican authorities in addition to the 122 cited in a congressional inquiry into Fast and Furious. Equally damning is evidence that strongly suggests Fast and Furious was not the only operation of its kind. Also noted were Operation Castaway — reportedly run out of the Tampa ATF office — and two gun-walking operations in Texas.

It’s been left to Univision to pursue a sordid trail of blood all but ignored by other media outlets. Its report leaves a huge opening for the Romney campaign, if only it would choose to raise the topic (if moderators opt not to) during the upcoming debates.




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